Building the Proctor Marble Bridge, Conflict and Controversy
“Building the Proctor Marble Bridge: Conflict and Controversy” was written by Mary Fregosi, who presents the difficulties surrounding the construction of a new bridge, given as a gift by Emily J. Proctor, replacing an earlier one.
The bridge was dedicated in memory of Fletcher Proctor, with his brother Redfield Jr. and mother Emily deeply involved in the design process created by Harry Leslie Walker, a famous architect. The construction was awarded to the B&W Concrete Company of Newark, N.J. Eventually the relationship between Town and Company deteriorated over the slow building progress and payment disputes.
The entire project, from start to finish, is ably related by Ms. Fregosi, accompanied by photographs of the construction and the beautiful finished bridge in 1915.